Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system to rid the body of waste material, boost the immune system and promote healing.  It is also a proven and effective treatment for treating lymphoedema.

Designed in the 1930’s by Danish PhD, Dr. Emil Vodder, MLD consists of four basic strokes known as the “stationary circle,”  “pump,” “rotary” and “scoop.”  MLD movements are light and sweeping to encourage the flow of lymph from a swollen area into an area where the lymphatic system is functioning correctly.

The benefits of manual lymph drainage include:

  • Reduces fluid and controls lymphoedema
  • Promotes healing of sprains, torn ligaments and fractures
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns
  • Minimizes stretch marks and old scars
  • Improves many conditions such as sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, acne and other skin conditions

 MLD is not recommended if you have a blood clot, heart problems, active cancer or infection in the swollen area.

Registered massage therapists with specialized training in manual lymph drainage will conduct a detailed consultation to determine the correct treatment for your needs.

Specific Techniques